Asperity

Definition of Asperity

As`per´i`ty
n.1.Roughness of surface; unevenness; - opposed to smoothness.
2.Roughness or harshness of sound; that quality which grates upon the ear; raucity.
3.Roughness to the taste; sourness; tartness.
4.Moral roughness; roughness of manner; severity; crabbedness; harshness; - opposed to mildness.
It is no very cynical asperity not to confess obligations where no benefit has been received.
- Johnson.
5.Sharpness; disagreeableness; difficulty.
The acclivities and asperities of duty.
- Barrow.

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